Accepting Our Blindness
by Jacob Hudgins
“Can a blind man lead a blind man? Will they not both fall into a pit?”(Luke 6:39).
Blind men make poor guides. When seeking someone to help us navigate dangerous or unfamiliar territory, we want someone who has full use of their senses. Jesus takes this image and applies it to spiritual leading and following: “Can a blind man lead a blind man?”(Luke 6:39). Before we think about Pharisees and denominational error, we need to spend some time accepting our blindness.
We are blind to the right path. “Can a blind man lead a blind man? Will they not both fall into a pit? A disciple is not above his teacher, but everyone when he is fully trained will be like his teacher”(Luke 6:39-40). It was not spiritual vision that led us to the right path. It was Jesus. Our path led us to sin, and the end of the path is destruction. “I know, O Lord, that the way of man is not in himself, that it is not in man who walks to direct his steps”(Jer 10:23). If we remain on the right path, it is only because Jesus continues to lead us. If we lead others based on our own opinions and ideas—or follow them ourselves—we will fall into a pit.
We are blind to our own faults. “Why do you see the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? How can you say to your brother, ‘Brother, let me take out the speck that is in your eye,’ when you yourself do not see the log that is in your own eye?’”(Luke 6:41-42). In some senses, our blindness is selective. Our vision is crystal-clear regarding the faults of others, but we don’t seem to notice the greater errors within our own hearts and lives. When we wake up and see ourselves for how we really are, it is only because Jesus shows us the ugly and brutal truth and opens our eyes.
We are blind in helping others. Our own lack of vision severely impairs our objectivity and credibility in dealing with others. “You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take out the speck that is in your brother’s eye”(Luke 6:42). With the help of Jesus, we can smooth out our flaws and aid others in recovering spiritual vision. All disciples are recovering sinners, and we help each other not from positions of authority or superiority, but as mutual seekers of Jesus.
There is good news! “For judgment I came into this world, that those who do not see may see, and those who see may become blind”(John 9:39). When we acknowledge our blindness (John 9:41), Jesus can give us sight to know the right path, overcome our flaws, and help others! Accept your blindness, then look to Jesus to overcome it!